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NSW – The new strata building bond and inspection scheme will now commence on 1 January 2018.

NSW - The new strata building bond and inspection scheme will now commence on 1 January 2018. It was originally scheduled to commence on 1 July 2017. This means that the scheme will only apply to construction contracts signed (or where there is no contract and building work commences) from 1 January 2018. NSW Fair Trading will not require developers of new strata schemes to lodge defect bonds before 31 December 2017. Read more here.

SA – The State Government and the City of Adelaide are accelerating an audit of city buildings to identify ‘aluminium composite panel’ cladding, which is suspected to have contributed to the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

SA - The State Government and the City of Adelaide are accelerating an audit of city buildings to identify ‘aluminium composite panel’ cladding, which is suspected to have contributed to the Grenfell Tower fire in London. The audit will be led by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), with initial findings to be reported to the Minister for Planning by the end of July 2017. The findings will confirm if further steps need to be taken to ensure the safety of these buildings. Click here to read the release.

NSW – Planning & Environment has announced new BASIX energy targets to improve the energy efficiency for houses and low-rise units.

NSW -  Planning & Environment has announced new BASIX energy targets to improve the energy efficiency for houses and low-rise units, having increased by approximately 10 per cent, and by 5 per cent for mid and high-rise units Part of the government’s initiative to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, the BASIX changes will improve the energy efficiency of homes in NSW, resulting in lower utility bills for residents, and reduced environmental impact. Follow the link to view more.   

NSW – The BPB advises when a property is sold that has a certificate of non-compliance for the pool, the new owner may ask the certifier who carried out the original inspection to do a ‘re-inspection’..

NSW – The BPB advises  when a property is sold that has a certificate of non-compliance for the pool, the new owner may ask the certifier who carried out the original inspection to do a ‘re-inspection’ only covering the items that failed the first time. The certifier should explain to the new owner that the inspection will be a full inspection, not just a spot check. It may have been months since the first inspection, and conditions on the property may have changed. The new owner may ask to see the certifier’s original inspection report. Keep in mind that the

VIC – The Victorian Building Authority now has greater enforcement powers over people who knowingly oversee or carry out building work that is not in accordance with the building permits , the Building Act or the building regulations.

VIC -  The Victorian Building Authority  now has greater enforcement powers over people who knowingly oversee or carry out building work that is not in accordance with the building permits , the Building Act  or the building regulations. Please follow the link to read more.